Phoenix Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
Were You Arrested for a Narcotics Offense in Arizona?
MayesTelles PLLC is your choice for a drug crime defense firm if you have been arrested in Phoenix or a surrounding area. Our lawyers bring years of experience to the table, including experience as former prosecutors. Drug offenses are investigated heavily, prosecuted aggressively, and sentenced severely in the state of Arizona. If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug crime, give us a call today.
By Choosing the Team at MayesTelles PLLC, You Get:
- Attorneys with insight as former prosecutors
- Attorneys rated AV Preeminent and Top 100 Lawyers
- Attorneys who have handled thousands of cases
- Attorneys who make themselves available 24/7
Uniquely Skilled to Handle Drug Offense Cases
At MayesTelles, we handle all types of drug offenses and are uniquely adept to do so. Many of our attorneys have an extensive background with drug-related criminal cases. For example, David Telles used to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Candy Marrufo used to work with at-risk youths to keep them out of the drug culture and gangs. Anyone who has already been arrested should educate themselves on their charges and consult with a drug crime attorney to discuss their options for a legal defense.
We handle all types of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses, including:
- Drug possession
- Possession for sale
- Drug trafficking
- Drug distribution
- Manufacturing drugs
- Drug cultivation
- DUI with drugs
If you have been charged with a crime, you need to team up with a Phoenix drug defense lawyer from our firm right away. We may be able to help you build a strong case and defend against the charges.
Federal Drug Crimes
In smuggling or transportation cases involving larger amounts of drugs, the U.S. Government could become involved. At this point, it is a federal crime and the consequences could be much harsher.
Agencies such as the FBI handle federal drug investigations and they have virtually unlimited resources when it comes to finding and apprehending offenders.
Many felony drug crimes in Arizona have harsh mandatory minimum sentences, especially for those who have previously been convicted of a similar offense.
Penalties for Felony Drug Crimes in Arizona
Chapter 7 of Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes details sentencing for felony offenses.
First-time felony offense sentencing:
- Class 2 – Minimum 4 years, Maximum 10 years
- Class 3 – Minimum 2.5 years, Maximum 7 years
- Class 4 – Minimum 1.5 years, Maximum 3 years
- Class 5 – Minimum .75 years, Maximum 2 years
- Class 6 – Minimum .5 years, Maximum 1.5 years
Repeat felony offender sentencing (two or more separate felonies):
There are three categories of repeat felony offenders: category one, category two, and category three. Offenders classified in category three receive the most severe sentences.
- Class 2 – Minimum 14 years, Maximum 28 years
- Class 3 – Minimum 10 years, Maximum 20 years
- Class 4 – Minimum 8 years, Maximum 12 years
- Class 5 – Minimum 4 years, Maximum 6 years
- Class 6 – Minimum 3 years, Maximum 4.5 years
There are different sentencing requirements for violent and dangerous felony offenders.
What Are Drug Courts in Arizona?
Drug crimes involving drug-addicted offenders are tried in special courts. Drug courts look into helping drug-addict offenders by ordering supervision and treatment programs. Unlike other courts, these type of courts team up with health treatment programs to help addicted individuals. Rehabilitation is often a preferred penalty to jail because the defendants can receive support and reduce the likelihood of future crimes.
Can Drug Charges Be Expunged in Arizona?
Arizona does not refer to the process of clearing your criminal record as "expungement" like many other states. Expunging a criminal record if referred to as "setting aside" a prior conviction. Arizona does permit this act in order to restore a person's rights after they were convicted of a drug crime.
What Does "Over The Threshold Amount" Mean?
Under Arizona law, if an individual is in possession of a certain amount of drugs, there will be mandatory prison time attached to a conviction. The threshold amount varies by the type of drug, but that specified amount is considered the "threshold amount." Do not assume that because you were in possession of drugs above this amount that you will go to prison; this fact can oftentimes be debated and argued.
Are Synthetic Drugs Illegal in Arizona?
Arizona law does consider synthetic drugs to be illegal just like organic drugs. The penalties and criminal proceedings for these cases are generally the same whether the drug is organic or synthetic.
What Do the Different Drug Schedules Mean?
In the U.S., controlled substances are categorized based on their potential for dependency and perceived therapeutic value. Schedule V substances would have the lowest potential for dependency and some kind of medical value. This means that the penalties for this category of drugs would be lesser than others. Schedule I controlled substances have the highest potential for dependency and are seen to not have therapeutic value. Offenses involving these types of drugs would have harsher penalties than other schedules.
Do's and Don'ts After a Drug Crime Arrest
If you are arrested for a drug crime, it's important to know what to do, how to act, and what not to do. Drug crime convictions in Arizona are harsh, so it is crucial to be cautious of your actions.
Here are a few things you SHOULD DO after an arrest:
- Be polite to law enforcement while getting their name and badge number
- Exercise your right to remain silent until you have an attorney present
- Take notes of the incident so that you do not forget any details
- Share every detail of the case with your drug defense attorney
- Ask your family not to discuss your case with anyone at all
The key thing to remember is that you need a skilled lawyer by your side; you should not speak with law enforcement until you do. Anything that you say can be used against you and may hurt your case.
Here are a few things you SHOULD AVOID after an arrest:
- Do not engage in any physical contact with the police
- Do not run or hide from the police, or resist arrest
- Do not speak to law enforcement about anything until your lawyer arrives
- Do not let police search your property unless they show you a warrant
- Do not discuss your case with friends or family or they may have to testify in court
- Do not hide any important details from your lawyer
How MayesTelles Can Help Fight Your Drug Charges
Arrested for a drug offense? We're here to help. At MayesTelles PLLC, we put our clients first, always pursuing the best possible result – not just the outcome that is most convenient.
Our attorneys have handled numerous trial cases across the state of Arizona and have experience in prosecution. If you are ready to fight for your freedom and your future, call our Phoenix law firm at (602) 428-7104 or fill out a free case evaluation form.